FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A family dog has spent the past few days recovering from a horrific attack after animal control said he was stolen right out of the back yard.
Williamson County officials got the call Friday and said they couldn't believe how badly the dog was hurt.
“Anytime you see wounds like this, it immediately raises it up a level we immediately recoil in horror and shock just like you would,” said Mark Basenberg with the Williamson County Animal Center.
The shelter thinks the wounds were the work of someone using a machete.
They said the dog, named Chief, was in an outside pen when someone took him and hurt him before setting him free.
Staffers said if you have pets at home, they recommend you keep them inside.
“We’re crazy animal people here. We believe your pet should not only be in your house but should probably be in bed next to you,” Basenberg said.
If you have to keep your pets outside, they suggested putting a lock on your gate.
Chief has underdone emergency surgery and is expected to be okay. He was reunited with his family Monday.